Pokémon GO – the Good, the Bad and the Addictive

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By now you must have herd of the game which might soon “take over the world”…. in case you haven’t, Pokémon GO is a is a location-based augmented reality mobile game published by The Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon franchise and developed by Niantic. The game was released in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices.

Pokémon GO makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices using both, players can capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear throughout the real world. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items.

As of now, Pokémon GO is the most popular smartphone game in the history of US and has become the most talked about topic of the week, sitting steadily on Twitter’s trending topics, this has gone past Candy Crush. The game launched in the UK on Thursday.

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Data from Survey Monkey shows that daily smartphone users for Pokemon Go in the United States are greater in number than users for Candy Crush Saga which previously held the title of the most popular smartphone game in U.S. history. Although Pokemon Go hasn’t caught up with Candy Crush Saga when it comes to player numbers from across the globe, but there is a possibility  this might happen, besides, Pokemon Go is yet to be released in many markets so it wont be surprising if the numbers shoot up real fast.

But not everyone loves the game, some had even made their disgust about the game known;

Our country is falling apart…We have global terrorism…We have worldwide poverty…And we have people chasing a fucking Pokemon — James Melville (@JamesMelville) July 13, 2016.

Adults playing Pokémon is why I hate everything. — Swishergirl (@Swishergirl24) July 12, 2016

How to download Pokemon go:

  • Grab your phone
  • Set it down
  • Go out and be a grown up. Pokemon was cool in elementary school. — BO (@FinallyBraden) July 11, 2016

Way way too many grown ups talking about Pokemon — Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) July 13, 2016

My boyfriend is contemplating breaking into our neighbors house to catch a Pokemon. Thanks Pokemon go . — ToriSlaysDragons✨✨ (@1pastyprincess) July 7, 2016

Funny right? obviously you wouldn’t want to mention the name Pokémon GO close to those folks, the popularity of the game has also added positively to the stock value of Nintendo, which owns a part of The Pokémon Company.

Although this game was praised by some medical professionals for potentially improving the mental and physical health of players, it has also attracted some controversy due to reports of causing accidents and being a public nuisance at some locations. Two men fell off a cliff in California while playing Pokémon GO, the two men climbed through a fence while playing the game before they both fell off down to the beach below, one fell 50ft and the other around 90ft. Both men were taken to hospital with “moderate injuries”.

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And has the use of Pokémon GO helped in any positive scenario? Apparently, yes, in the US a woman discovered a body while out hunting for Pokémon, and in India a registered sex offender was arrested after being caught playing the game with a child near a courthouse.

Police forces in the UK have issued warnings to players about staying aware of their surroundings while using the app also the company released the game in the UK amid concerns over the safety of users – particularly children – because of the exploratory nature of the app. Cyber criminals have also started creating fake versions of the game filled with malware in an attempt to trick users into downloading them and infecting their devices, leaving them prime targets for hackers.

Clearly Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm, even though it’s only officially available in 6 markets (US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the UK, and Italy) the game is still played unofficially in other regions of the world as well. According to Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, Pokemon Go will cover the entire world soon, but no release dates have been announced.

Played Pokemon Go? What do you think of the game?



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